Reading Comprehension: Inference Questions
Which of the following may be inferred about the Roman Empire according to most historians' view of the Early Middle Ages?
Although we know that, according to this view, the Roman Empire's collapse was the result of invasions, this does not mean that the Empire had weakened. We have no information about the Empire's previous military strength, nor about the relative strength of the Germanic peoples.
The passage tells us that, after the Germanic invasions, commerce dwindled and there was a catastrophic economic decline, from which we may infer that, during the time of the Roman Empire, the economy prospered.
Although the passage tells us that the Germanic invasions led to an economic collapse, we have no information about the type of economic activity existed in the Roman Empire.
Although this may be true, this is not implied by the passage. The passage tells us that trade, or commerce, collapsed after the Roman Empire was destroyed. This tells us that commerce depended on the existence of the Roman Empire, not the other way around.
Although the passage tells us that the Germanic invasions led to devastating warfare, the passage does not state or imply that there was no war in the Roman Empire before those invasions.